language adventure guide comes from New Zealand where he spent
some of his youth hiking through the native bush and meeting
from throughout the world seeking to escape from the places I badly wanted to go to.
To learn more I joined the Institute of International Affairs, got a
Masters in Politics and a Diploma in Journalism, just to be sure, then I headed
abroad. First came a few years living and working in London and
Scotland, more in the spirit of Orwell in Down and Out in London and Paris than Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby.
Then, on discovering that the rest of the world did not speak English,
I became an English teacher and sought to convert them.
This took me, teaching certificate in hand,
through Poland(99), Slovenia(00), Slovakia(01) and Germany(01), teaching general and
business English and doing a very brief and unsuccesfull stint of broadcasting for Radio Slovakia
International. To mitigate professional disappointment I tried my hand at skiing,
kayaking, mountaineering, bike touring and
even, having lost some missionary zeal, learning some foreign languages.
Now based in Bologna, I lead a family life while looking wistfully at old photos and doing a spot of teaching,
translating and learning the local history with Monte Sole Bike Group.
In a last bid to have a crack at the life of an international correspondent I popped over to Libya during
the uprising against Qaddafi. The New Zealand and Italian media was consistent in its utter lack of
interest(Radio NZ did at least write back to say they had no money, bless them) so I have put my stuff here
so my Mum can get access